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Margery & Gladys [DVD] [Import]

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I watched it last night and although it had its funny moments this reworking of the 'Odd Couple' began to sag after an hour. Penelope is perfectly cast as Margery, the snobbish wealthy Kent widow, and June Brown as Gladys, her cleaning lady. If it had been in the cinemas, Penelope Keith and June Brown would have been honored with Oscar nominations.

This was in essence an hour long comedy, but as it was the humour becomes clichéd and the whole thing becomes laboured. Read all Haughty, recently-widowed Margery Heywood and her cleaner Gladys Gladwell go on the run after mistakenly believing that they have killed a teenage burglar, holding up a post office for Gladys' money, and giving petty crook Terry Mason a lift, they are pursued by the police.

Going around the country accidentally avoiding the police and leaving a trail of crimes when they were innocent of any crimes to start with. Wealthy housewife Margery and her rough-diamond cleaner, Gladys, disturb a burglar, knock him unconscious in self-protection, then panic and leave him for dead. After a night on the town at nearby Blackpool, the two women take the boat and sail off to the Caribbean.

Because the intruder was attacked from behind, a controversial court decision found Martin guilty of homicide; he served 18 months in prison before the conviction was changed to manslaughter and he was released with time served.

They prove to be more than a match for the unlikely pair of policemen, DI Woolley (Roger Lloyd Pack) and DS Stringer (Martin Freeman), who are left to solve the ladies disappearance and puzzling string of crimes which follow. What follows is a comedy of misunderstandings in which these two very different, mature ladies are led on an unfortunate series of incidents which snowballs into a crime spree. This film reminds me of a Simpsons episode, when Marge is at a book-club meeting with Helen Fielding.

It is easy for the frequent viewer of television to become pessimistic about the future of the medium. With the police, led by about-to-retire Detective Inspector Woolley ( Roger Lloyd-Pack) on their trail, the two women drive to Fleetwood, only to meet the childhood friend. Ms Keith plays Margery, a tetchy suburban matron -- recently widowed -- who attends a Neighbourhood Watch meeting that leaves her paranoid about burglars.The two women are an odd couple with (they think) little in common, until an intruder enters Margery's house and she coshes him (from behind) with her Waterford crystal vase. However, with money short and Gladys needing medication, the duo is forced into a surprisingly full-blown crime spree, proving more than a match for an unlikely pair of policemen, Detective Inspector Woolley and Detective Sergeant Stringer. Believing that she has killed him, she panics and flees the house with Gladys, leaving behind her handbag. They begin their usual day by doing their routine until a burglar enters and changes their lives forever. Here, she plays a 60-something widow who lives in a posh neighborhood that has been the target a recent break-ins.

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